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Let’s Talk Goodreads Choice Award Finalists [The 2017 Edition]

Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads Choice Awards

The Goodreads Choice Awards. Every year the competition is fierce – and for the second year in a row, we’re highlighting the books we’ve read (and want to read) in each category + predicting who we think will win.

Best Horror

Tanya – I’ve read 4 of the 10 books that made it to the final round …

  • Final Girls, Riley Sager
  • The Boy on the Bridge, M.R. Carey
  • The Changeling, Victor Lavalle
  • Sleeping Beauties, Owen King and Stephen King

The book I loved the most of the 4 is ♥ The Boy on the Bridge ♥ – it was full of action and suspense – so I hope it wins. But I think the competition will be between Final Girls (which has the most ratings) and Sleeping Beauties, because Stephen King is so popular.

Kim – I’ve only read 1 of the books in this category… ♥ The Meddling Kids ♥ – I really loved this one but I don’t think I’d pick it as the winner. It could have used a bit more character development. I haven’t read The Boy on the Bridge, but judging from how much I liked The Girl With All the Gifts, I think it’s probably pretty amazing.


Best Mystery/Thriller

TanyaThe Girl Before, J.P. Delaney and Into the Water, Paula Hawkins. are the 2 books I’ve read in this category, Both were awesome reads, but ♥ Into the Water ♥ is my pick to win. This book grabbed me with the intrigue and it’s mystery and held me with the portrayal of the characters. I was vested, I was enthralled, I couldn’t put it down.

Kim – I’ve read Into The Water, Paula Hawkins, The Dry, Jane Harper, and Glass Houses, Louise Penny. I loved The Dry but I am a die hard Louise Penny fan and her newest Inspector Gamache did not disappoint. So ♥ Glass Houses ♥ is my pick for the win.


Best Young Adult Fiction

Tanya – The only book in this category I’ve read is ♥ The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas ♥ and this book should go on everybody’s reading list. It’s my pick to win. This book is also nominated in the Best Debut Goodreads Author.

Kim – I read One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus and it was a great read but again, probably not the winner for me.


Best Science Fiction

Kim – I’ve read Artemis, Andy Weir, Babylon’s Ashes, James S.A. Corey, and The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi. This was an incredibly hard category for me because I enjoyed them all so much. In the end I went with ♥ Babylon’s Ashes ♥.


Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

Tanya – I’ve only read 1 book in this category – ♥ Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor ♥ – Laini Taylor wrote one of my favorite series, Daughter of Smoke & Bone – and she hit it out the park with this book too.


Have you read any of the finalists in these categories of the Goodreads Choice Awards? Who’s your pick to win?

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Kim and Tanya
Kim is a librarian | life hacker | ancient history nerd | mom to 2 little boys | Utah native | digital archivist | British comedy/British detective show junkie | outdoor lover. Tanya is a digital lifehacker | Food Science guru | teenage boy wrangler | husband tamer | adventure seeker | avid reader.

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  1. Historical Fiction: I only read Lincoln in the Bardo. Which I enjoyed but didn’t love.
    Nonfiction: I’m currently finishing up Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book and From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty. My vote is Coates. Must read and should win.
    Memoir/biography: Hunger by Roxane Gay is the only one I’ve read and it should win. One of my favorite books of the year.
    History: Killers of the Flower Moon. I really enjoyed it and I voted for it since it’s the only one I read but not sure if it should or will win.
    Science and Tech: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Only one I read and so I voted for that one. It was good!
    Debut and Young Adult: The Hate U Give should win hands down. It should be one everyone’s list. One of Us Is Lying, while clever it wasn’t my favorite.
    Picture Books: She Persisted. It was a fun one. Don’t know if it should win, though.

  2. I had a hard time with the award nominees on Goodreads this year because I have read very few of the adult books. Here are my votes:
    Young Adult Fiction: Turtles All the Way Down…John Green can write and this book touches all the points I like.
    Debut Author: The Hate U Give by Thomas. I agree with you this should be on everyone’s list.
    YA Fantasy: Strange the Dreamer. I am with you. I loved Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bones series and I gobbled up this book and then just about died at the end because the cliff-hanger.
    Memoir/Biography: Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. If you haven’t read this book about Sherman Alexie and his relationship with his mother, add it to your reading list. It is very insightful about the complicated realtionships we have with our parents and in his case, with his culture.
    Poetry: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. The impact the guns and honor killings have on a community and one boy. Powerful. It is really a story written in verse.